Want to become a Pilates teacher ?
Are you a matwork teacher already and want to teach equipment?
The Bodywise Matwork Teacher-Training programme leads to certification as a Pilates Foundation Matwork Teacher. It is a one-year course involving over 500 hours of study time. The course runs every Friday from 2:30 - 6pm, as well as one full weekend every month (11 weekends in total). In addition to these taught lectures and classes (totalling over 250 hours), students will also be required to log at least 250 hours of self-study and self-practice during the course, including:
- a minimum of 50 hours of attending Pilates classes (self-practice)
- a minimum of 50 hours of supervised teaching practice, observation, and assisting qualified teachers
- a minimum of 150 hours of self-study (including a 10-week case study with a volunteer, homework tasks, reading and revision)
The next course is due to start on 11th June 2021. The final theory exam (3 hours) and practical exam (1 hour) will take place in summer 2022. Applications for this course should be submitted as soon as possible - the course has been delayed from an intended January 2021 start date, but there are still spaces available (a maximum of 8 students will be accepted). The course costs £3,650 if paid in full in advance, or £4,015 when paid in 11 monthly instalments of £365 per month. If you are successful at interview, a non-refundable deposit of £365 must be paid by 28th April 2021, as confirmation of your commitment to the course – this is your first instalment. Course fees include all lectures and classes, the Pilates Foundation Matwork Manual, and the one-day Emergency First Aid at Work course (EFAW). Course fees do not include PF membership, student insurance, PF examination fees, or books and other equipment. PF student membership costs £126 for the year, and student insurance through Balens costs £19. The PF examination fee is currently £195.
While the Pilates Foundation sets criteria for the final assessment of trainees (and provides external examiners for practical exams and marking of coursework), each accredited Teacher Training Provider is free to teach the Pilates Method in their own individual way, encouraging a more creative and less formulaic approach than that offered by other Pilates organisations. The Pilates Foundation is the 'gold standard' in Pilates training, but we all teach Pilates and movement in a very different way and we are proud of this diversity. So the best way to select the right course for you is to meet the course director, and to attend classes at the studio, to see whether our particular approach will suit you. Whilst we do teach the Classical repertory in depth, we also focus on functional movement, Pre-Pilates / evolved and creative Pilates exercises, and other movement forms. Enrolling on this teacher-training course is a significant commitment, but it can lead to a rich, varied and highly rewarding career.
"I completed my Matwork training at Bodywise in 2019 and would highly recommend Leila as a Pilates teacher trainer. I came from a design background with no anatomy or teaching experience and was a little nervous about how much I needed to learn. Leila is brilliant, she imparts her knowledge in a thorough but fun way. She has high standards and will challenge you, but ultimately you will qualify understanding a lot more about Pilates and anatomy than perhaps with other training routes. The back-up of the Bodywise studio is also a real asset, learning to teach real clients in-person is a huge skill and the staff are all very supportive."
Bridging (Apparatus) Teacher-Training
Bodywise offers a "Bridging" Course, which allows already-qualified Matwork teachers to learn to teach on all of the large apparatus (equipment) and involves over 750 additional hours of training. It is called Bridging because it "bridges" the gap between being a Matwork teacher and being a fully comprehensive teacher of the Pilates Method in its entirety. Many teacher-training courses are modular so they do not cover all of the pieces of apparatus (or they only cover it at a certain level), and therefore students need to sign up to numerous additional courses in order to gain a rounded experience and be ready to teach any potential client. Our courses are accredited by the Pilates Foundation, and all PF-accredited courses are fully comprehensive - meaning that they cover all of the apparatus at all levels in an integrated way. You will gain all of the knowledge and skills you need to be a fantastic teacher, without the need to attend additional modules (in order to learn additional skills like how to work on a remedial basis, with clients with medical conditions or disabilities, with older clients, or with high-level clients / athletes). We do not separate one piece of apparatus from another - you will graduate with fully embodied knowledge and experience of the whole body of work. Of course, that doesn't mean you won't want to continue learning more and more as a movement teacher, through Continual Professional Development courses (CPD is a condition of being a Pilates Foundation member, to ensure that everyone's knowledge stays up-to-date).
While the Pilates Foundation sets criteria for the final assessment of trainees (and provides external examiners for practical exams and marking of coursework), each accredited Teacher Training Provider is free to teach the Pilates Method in their own individual way, encouraging a more creative and less formulaic approach than that offered by other Pilates organisations. The Pilates Foundation is the 'gold standard' in Pilates training, but we all teach Pilates and movement in a very different way and we are proud of this diversity. So the best way to select the right course for you is to meet the course director, and to observe and/or attend classes at the studio, to see whether our particular approach will suit you.
Applicants are usually fully qualified Pilates Foundation Matwork teachers, ideally with at least one year of experience teaching Matwork. Applicants must also have at least 50 hours of experience on the apparatus (group classes or 1-1s, preferably some experience of both, ideally with various different teachers). More experience is often a distinct advantage, and some people apply for the course despite already holding a teaching qualification with another organisation. Applicants who are not personally known to the Course Director will be invited to attend a discussion and 1-1 class, once their application form has been received. If the Course Director is not familiar with the applicant's teaching, part of the initial assessment will involve observing the applicant teach matwork for 20 minutes as well. All interested applicants must speak to us in advance to confirm their interest in applying for a place (there are a maximum of 6 places available). Applications will also be considered from Matwork teachers who are not Pilates Foundation members, but they will need to demonstrate a commitment to achieving the high standards set by the Pilates Foundation.
The next course will start in early 2022. The taught element of the course runs over 14 weekends (over an 18-month period). The cost is £4,125 if paid in 11 x monthly installments of £375 (or £4,275 if paid in 20 x monthly instalments of £195 + £375 deposit), or £3,750 if one payment is made in advance. Please do register your interest with us well in advance, so that we can interview you and start the course as soon as there are enough successful applicants to run it. Students will take different amounts of time to complete the required number of logged hours (depending on their other commitments) but you can take as long as you need to log your practical hours and complete all of the necessary course work before sitting the final exams. You must have completed 2 x 10-week Case Studies, at least 100 hours of practical training (attending apparatus classes), 200 hours of self-study, and a minimum of 250 hours of observing and assisting qualified studio teachers. Although all areas of anatomy and theory will be reviewed, this course is practically-oriented.